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Is Google Glass Dead?!

Posted by in Gadgets, Technology

I’ve been a Glass explorer for 6 months now. I often get asked “what is Glass good for?” Let’s face it: there is no good answer to that question. Glass is obviously a platform to explore wearable and hands-free computing. From that perspective, the platform is mostly up to the challenge. However, after 6 months in the field, the platform falls short of killer apps that would justify wearing glasses as opposed to simply pulling out a phone. Turn-by-turn direction is probably the only app that really takes advantage of the platform, since…read more

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How France mis-understands “innovation”

Posted by in Ventures

Over the past few weeks, France has been in a mess regarding the policy to adopt regarding the support of start-ups. The tax privileges have been dismissed but may be on their way back (JEI), and many existing support mechanisms are being reviewed/discussed by the newly born CNN (Numeric National Counsil).That’s fine with me. But they’re not tackling one of the core subject in my opinion. In France we have built a very scholar and elitist vision of what “Innovative” is. And it is utterly wrong. Unfortunately all the support…read more

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Mobile innovation

Posted by in Mobile

While the smartphone market is structuring around the big OSes that are iPhone, Android, RIM and Windows Mobile, one can wonder where the next powerful ideas will be coming from in terms of killer mobile applications. After the hype with casual games and the usual set of tools (better to-do list, better email client, better… , remotes…), and as the app stores are now super-filled, inventing and promoting relevant mobile application is far from being a breeze. Yet, mobile apps is probably the most growing field in the computer world…read more

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Microsoft becoming amazing again ?

Posted by in Ventures

Let’s face it, since Windows XP, everything consumer from Microsoft (apart from the XBOX) has been lame. Windows Vista, Windows Mobile, MSN/Hotmail have been performing really badly and can be totally regarded as failures. Yet it seems this time may be over. For the first time in a long while, Microsoft is releasing exciting products one after another. Short development cycles, convergence and innovation has enabled them to release an excellent Windows 7, a challenging Bing, improved XBOX 360 experience and insights let us hope for the best with the…read more

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Innovating at a low cost

Posted by in Ventures

Since a few years, if you had an idea the price for creating your first prototype got significantly lower. With a few thousand bucks and a little time you can now come up with a talented team of AD and coders that can turn most of your ideas into working prototypes. I’ve been using this approach now for years letting me rather confront ideas to the market than do old-style market studies that at the end always prove what you want to demonstrate. It’s also a great way to try…read more

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